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Asp of Ascension Book Review

Asp of Ascension
Author: B. R. Myers
Series: A Nerfertari Hughes Mystery 1
Genre: Mystery, young adult
Publisher: Fierce Ink Books
ISBN-13: 978-1927746622

Asp of Ascension may be a deadly curse

The cover reminds me of Nancy Drew back when I was a kid, even though it is not the prettiest cover, it does bring back the good times. Let’s be honest, this is not the worst cover that I have ever seen, but I will confess it is the cover and title that did me in.

Unlike Nancy Drew, Nefertari “Terry” Hughes has a confidence issue, she had experienced a devastating accident that killed her mother and left her disabled. Terry was keen to survive high school with her three mantras, but trouble seems to find her quite frequently.

She was put in High School as her father worked in the museum, getting ready for the unveiling of a sarcophagus that her mother died looking for it. Curses surround the artifact, and soon her father was found unconscious. It became obvious that Terry has to find the artifact that had went missing a long time ago. The Asp of Ascension was stolen, but no one seem to know how it got out. The mystery is added with her father’s sudden ailment, and Terry was encouraged to find it.

Together with her friends, will Terry be able to find out what happened to Cleopatra’s asp? And will she survive high school like she was so keen to? For those who love a good history lesson, this one focuses on Cleopatra’s life as a Queen and a woman of power. To make things interesting, this story has some paranormal theme to it, making it more interesting and cementing Terry’s story as a series.

Verdict

Asp of Ascension is a YA mystery, following a formula that works well throughout the ages Click To Tweet

Asp of Ascension uses Egyptian and Roman history, Nefertari is obviously the correct candidate for the story. She is the daughter of two archaeologists, hence has good background knowledge about the theme. I admire her observation skills, and Terry’s ability to think on her feet.

This is a great series for Nancy Drew and Hardy Boys fan, gosh I cannot remember the last time I read the series!

Beauty · review

Lacura Stepping Out Makeup Applicator

2017-03-06_02-07-54Lacura is Aldi’s homebrand for beauty and makeup stuff

I have been wanting this since it appeared on Aldi’s catalogue last month, usually the remaining stock will have a slightly reduced price. After waiting for four weeks, because I was too lazy to make a special trip just for this, I got the electronic make-up applicator for $9.95 AUD, it’s not bad from the original price.

The unit comes with a cover, instructions and five applicators: 3 sponge and 2 fluffy pillows. The first main flaw is the sticky back of the sponge, which will adhere to the plastic unit of the applicator. I am not sure how many washes that back can last, already I am happy with the fact that this was a cheap buy.

It has two speed, fast and slow. The instructions say to use slow for medium and high coverage of foundation, and fast for powder and light coverage. Motor is not very strong, so I had to be gentle. Basically just hold the unit and let the tapping do the work. I tried to apply a little force, and the motor almost stopped.

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I used my Laneige BB cream to test this out, the sponge is pretty normal. After letting the sponge take some of the BB Cream, no more than my usual amount if I were to use the cushion. Then I used a setting powder to try out the fluffy sponge. Honestly the fluffy sponge was useless, because it ain’t fluffy!!

Verdict

Given Aldi’s nightmarish returns policy, I was happy just to try and see if this was a good product. Well, can’t expect too much from a cheap item. I did like the coverage it provided me with the foundation, but the powder stage is a disappointment. Yes, there are a lot of better make-up applicators out there, but honestly, have to give these small names a try yes?

I think I will need a good foundation soon, the BB cream can’t hide my sleep deprivation….

2017-03-06_02-07-12I wonder how long will it take for the Lacura Stepping Out to die?

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Prejudice Meets Pride Review

Prejudice Meets Pride
Author: Rachael Anderson
Series: Meet Your Match 1
Genre: Romance
Publisher: HEA Publishing
ISBN-13: 978-1941363072

Prejudice Meets Pride … just your normal romance story

I remember getting this from Instafreebie, I am still unsure how I ended up subscribing it, but they do have good books once in a while. Plus, I have not been reading pure romance stories for a while now, there are so many genres to explore, and a single genre books seem to be unexciting at the moment. Glad to know that this is not true.

In the hands of skill author Rachel Anderson, Prejudice Meets Pride is about prideful Emma Mackie and prejudiced Kevin Grantham. Right from the started I wanted to slap Kevin, yup, because he is such a jerk! Ah yes, I have fallen into the trap of relating to my characters already.

When Emma turns up in Colorado Springs, moving into an old home with her two nieces, she was at a loss. She no longer recognizes her life, to top that off, she has to find a way to finance her new family. Then comes Kevin, who seems to be a nice guy, until he starts to complain about his new neighbor’s battered old car.

After a few wrong foot, Kevin and Emma finally somehow find common ground. There are some moments of hilarity, particularly when the foot was in his mouth. Overall, you have to know that all romance stories will have romantic times right? So there are a few hiccups, not as many romantic moments though.

Not to say that this book is not romantic, it is. If you are thinking about 999 flowers and lovely dates, this might not be your book.

Verdict

Prejudice Meets Pride is a funny, heart- warming book about two people falling in love. Click To Tweet

Prejudice Meets Pride may be fun and touching, it is still a single genre romance. Having read so many multi- genre books, I appreciate the simplicity of having just one theme to write about. This also reinforces my own reading habits, while I recommend this book, I will not be returning much to romance genre (alone) for a while. The book world has too much to offer, too many books my reading list to enjoy a single theme book.

Beauty · thoughts

Questing For : Makeup Foundation

Foundation, my questing prize!

I threw away my last foundation and primer, it was lousy, despite being Covergirl. By that I mean it lasted half and hour. And the shade no longer fit me. I had turned a deathly shade of pale, mainly due to hiding from the sun too much during the forty degree heat (not Fahrenheit, Celsius!). Ever time I go back to Malaysia, I have envious looks from my relatives, Prince Brat too! we are like the fairest of them all, I hope no one gives us any poison apples soon. Trouble with me and foundation is my laziness.

I haven’t been using any makeup, and I think most of it is due to be thrown away Q.Q. I am writing this post in hope that someone may take pity on me and suggest a good and reasonably priced foundation.

What I tried

Maybelline Liquid Mousse

I had this liquid mousse for a while, it was more curiosity how it works. I applied it using my fingers, since I didn’t own a beauty blend then. The liquid mousse when on smoothly, and it blended quite well. Unfortunately it did not last the 16 hours as it claims. How I know? I worked twelve- hour shifts then, so by the time I return home, there were no foundation left.

It did say for normal skin, so probably it had run away with my face oil. Bleh

MAC Studio Powder Plus Foundation

I am not sure if Amazon sells the original stuff, but you can visit the store here (not affiliated) and see for yourself. This Studio powder plus is a medium matte coverage that doubles as a face powder. So you won’t have to add more during the day. For me, it was a one layer application, since I am a fan of light to medium coverage. Lasted a long time, even with daily use, actually about eight months…

For durability, I would say pretty good, at least it stayed on for the twelve hour shifts.

After that, I am using  BB Cream because I had no more decent foundation left, and was too lazy to get some more. I could get them online, but everyone knows that you need to try them on for the correct match. At present, I am getting away with BB cream, but will need a better coverage product one day.

What I feel like trying

Clinique’s Stay Matte Oil Free Makeup

Apparently is a gel- cream that can control oil and sheen, promising matte and satin finish. It also had been tested against fading and streaking, so I am curious to see how it holds up to its promise.

Max Factor Second Skin Foundation

Max Factor boasts a nude and natural finish with its multi- tonal pigments. It is also water base, so I am keen on trying this foundation. Although I am not sure how it would last being a water based product. Maybe I could use a setting spray.

As there are so many in the market, does anyone has one to recommend?

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Frostblood (Frostblood Saga 1 ) Review


Frostblood
Author: Elly Blake
Series: The Frostblood Saga 1
Publisher: Little, Brown Books for Young Readers
ISBN-13: 978-0316273251

Frost Blood vs Frostblood

The cover I got from the library is a rose covered with ice, it is not as cool looking as the top one, which looks eerily like Victoria Aveyard’s Red Queen series. Thankfully, the contents are pretty different, I think 😉 honestly there similarities when you compare both stories, but hey what else is new nowadays right? No, they are both books that are worth your time, and Ruby and Mare Barrow are different types of heroines.

2017-02-13_08-22-34 I wasn’t looking for a new book to read, only that it was sitting on the shelf, and I had read a few positive reviews for Frostblood. If it isn’t an invitation to read, what is?  I never did learn Ruby’s last name, not sure if she actually has one, or it is a secret till the last moment. All her life, she had to suppress her powers, less people know of her abilities and try to get her killed. She is in the wrong country after all, Fireblood and Frostblood are at war, and she’s on Frostblood territory.

If you are asking why she’s on the wrong land, beats me. Turns out that the history that Ruby knows is somewhat wrong, and the real version is much more interesting. Together with Arcus, Ruby tries to overthrow that blood thirsty king that was threatening her life. Arcus is a grumpy guy with a one track mind, but he does soften for Ruby. The ending is pretty cool, something that prepares us for her next book.

Verdict

Frostblood is a promising series for young adults, if you are a fan of Red Queen you will like this too! Click To Tweet

It might be unfair to compare it with Victoria Aveyard’s Red Queen, Frostblood is a different story after all. Both girls have powers they both love to suppress, they are in very different circumstance. If you love the Red Queen series, you will like Ruby in Frostblood, so feisty and full of fire.